Dell Thinks Windows 7 Pricing May Be a Problem

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pbrigido

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Pricing is always a "problem"...regardless of the industry. Homes, cars, tech, food, insurance, etc. Personally, I can't wait for Windows 7.
 

hellwig

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Three things at play here:

1) Windows 7 RC is so popular, Microsoft thinks they earn a little extra cash by increasing the price over Vista.

2) Microsoft STILL wants people to use Vista, and Microsoft will probably still allow Vista to be sold on computers even after 7 is released. Their thinking is get people to upgrade to a less expensive Vista, and they'll eventually have to upgrade to 7 anyway, meaning a second sale later down the road.

3) Early Adopters ALWAYS get the shaft. You buy when a product first comes out, and you WILL PAY MORE! That's just capitalism for you. If no one else has it, you pay more to get it. Price will go down once everyone has it or no one wants it.
 

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I'll wait until Microsoft actually releases the pricing model to the public. It's not like we don't have the Win7 RC usable for a bit less than a year anyway.

Still excited for it though!
 

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Microsoft's philosophy has always been to price their intellectual property very high- all that the market will bear and then some. They have no serious competition so there is no pressure to lower the prices. As an example they always priced their programming languages very high until people like Borland started selling good products at much lower prices.

I'm doing just fine right now with my Vista and XP, so if 7 is seriously expensive I won't be upgrading to it. Of course the next time I buy or build a new machine it would most likely go 7.
 

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nutz! after the nightmare that is windows vista they should be giving it away and sincerely apologizing to their customers before we all become mac owners...
 
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[citation][nom]jsloan[/nom]nutz! after the nightmare that is windows vista they should be giving it away and sincerely apologizing to their customers before we all become mac owners...[/citation]

LOL! He said "Mac".

When's the next meeting of Empty Threats Anonymous?
 

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It makes sense that Windows7 would cost more than Vista. After all, Microsoft actually WORKED on Win7..

But it is also true that you should not buy Win7 right after it is released, especially for a business. Let's not forget how those foolish iPhone early-adopters were treated by Apple.. (Less than a year from its release, Apple releases another version at half the price.) Microsoft might be setting the price high to try and get the maximum they can out of Win7; if they sell them at a price of say $250 and not too many people buy them, then they drop the price down to say $220 and then $180 and then they get most of the people who wanted Win7, and they get more money than if they had started selling it at $150.
 

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Considering that Windows 7 required much less work than Vista because it's the same core, it's obvious that the monopoly that is microsoft is trying to milk the customer with it. No way I'm going to support them and buy it and I think a lot of people are going to feel the same way

Get ready for the most pirated version of Windows ever made
 

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um, THE MAJORITY OF BUSINESS WILL NOT UPGRADE OR PLAN TO UPGRADE UNTIL SP1 IS OUT. Hell Windows 2000 is almost used as much as Windows XP in business still. TRUST ME, I know better then you.
 

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Well, I guess this news pretty much ends it for me. I'll keep gaming on my XP box until I replace it and I'll go to Linux on everything else. I've gotten sick of Vista on my media center PC (I've had bad experiences with XP MCE) and was looking forward to Win7 but if they're going to price gouging with it then screw them. I'll try LinuxMCE or MythTV. I loves free but I'd be willing to pay $50 for a good OS... wish Win7 Premium came in at that price....
 

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An operating system should not cost more then about 100usd in my humble opinion.
A price like that would most likely be a good weapon against piracy and more important people might actually be able to afford it.
I think it would be great if they ripped out any "features" like the eye-candy thing and paint and drop in the much more commonly used stuff that are in pro versions only ever since 2k and XP.

Sell the useless crap as a compilation and ask another 100usd i bet there are enough people willing to pay for the crap and it gives power users (or people like me who like to game and stuff at their pc but dont like their pc to be a carnival loaded with crap) a chance to only buy the part they want.

No one needs eye-candy or painr jet we all have to pay for it.
 

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LOL first they make a flaky product called Vista that lasted a mere 3 years from it's release date? Now not very much later they make a product that should of been Vista originally and price it more. so sad... cut people an effin' break. this should be almost free to current vista users.
 
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My company in the UK (a major water company) still uses win 2000 pro :)
For a business of such size there is simply no incentive whatsoever to change to 7.
The employees are doing well with the win 2000, IS department have plenty of experience resolving issues with it. Since win vista/win 7 do not intriduce anything really new to the OS market we are not buying new licences fullstop.
 

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I believe many businesses avoided upgrading to Vista, so their choice is limited as Microsoft pulls its support for XP.

So, choices are used a product with reduced or no support and run the risk of having unaddressed security issues, use a supported product that you chose to avoid because of several known issues, or use the new product that is priced higher but seems to not have the issues you were avoiding in the other product.

Honestly, it makes good business sense that Microsoft charges more for Windows 7. The justification they can use? It would cost as much had you stepped up to the intermediary (Vista), so you have to pay for the extra research. Remember, Microsoft is here to better mankind and make research easier - they exist to make money for their shareholders. It is their corporate duty to charge as much for their product as the market will allow.
 

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M$ TAX!

Every time Microsoft release a new OS, it cost more for same or less features.

It is like your local tax it only goes up not down.
 

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[citation][nom]Antilycus[/nom]um, THE MAJORITY OF BUSINESS WILL NOT UPGRADE OR PLAN TO UPGRADE UNTIL SP1 IS OUT. Hell Windows 2000 is almost used as much as Windows XP in business still. TRUST ME, I know better then you.[/citation]
The company I work for uses Windows NT/2000 on most of the workstations still. The computers for personal and business use, use XP. A few Vista boxes are floating around in the company - but these were requested by the user themselves. Still, NT/2000 and XP make up 99% of the companies' OS share. I have heard talk of retiring NT/2000 computers slowly and as new personal and business computers are needed, Windows 7 will take their place only after SP1 rolls out. It is pretty much an industry standard that IT people wait for SP1 to give the go-ahead.

I'll tell you what would really break the camel's back on all of this stupid tiered operating system stuff, if one of the things you had to buy was skip starter, skip basic, and you had to buy at least professional or ultimate to get DirectX capability - that would be the day. What ever happened when we had one thing - Windows? To me, it is getting out of hand with how many different versions they are putting out - ridiculous I say!
 

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Some of you may disagree with me when I say this but Windows 7 is a glorified service pack for Vista. What I mean is, this is what Vista should have been. With that said, Windows 7 is bringing some helpful changes and needed stability but the core is still Vista. For that, I cannot justify paying higher prices than Vista or XP.
 
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